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Election Gazette – Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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Election Gazette – Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Lead story: Biden would NOT run for reelection-putting future of Democratic Party in the hands of running mate – Daily Mail Joe Biden, 77, would not seek reelection should be win the White House in 2020 ‘If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,’ a prominent campaign adviser said The adviser said making the information public could help his chances with younger voters If he didn’t run for reelection, Biden’s vice president and Cabinet would set the stage for 2024, ushering in the next generation of Democratic leaders Biden has floated at least six names – all female – he would considering running with if he won the Democratic nomination
Biden would NOT run for reelection-putting future of Democratic Party in the hands of running mate – Daily Mail
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Biden would NOT run for reelection-putting future of Democratic Party in the hands of running mate – Daily Mail

Joe Biden, 77, would not seek reelection should be win the White House in 2020 'If Biden is elected, he's going to be 82 years old in four years and he won't be running for reelection,' a prominent campaign adviser said The adviser said making the information public could help his chances with younger voters If he didn't run for reelection, Biden's vice president and Cabinet would set the stage for 2024, ushering in the next generation of Democratic leaders Biden has floated at least six names – all female – he would considering running with if he won the Democratic nomination
Pelosi announces agreement on North American trade pact – WWMT-TV
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Pelosi announces agreement on North American trade pact – WWMT-TV

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him. The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a significant improvement over the original North American Free Trade Agreement, crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement. "There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," Pelosi said in announcing the agreement, saying the pact is "infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."
DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines
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DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines

Zombies are not something you typically associate with the winter season. But local arborists want zombie trees to be on everyone’s mind before more snow comes our way. “Zombie trees are kind of a unique term, it basically means that a tree like this burr oak right here is starting to decay on the inside and right now that wouldn’t be extremely obvious, you might have decay which would be rotten and the inside would be rotten but the tree could be completely healthy,” DNR Forest Health Program Leader Tivon Feeley said.
Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM
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Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in funds allocated by Congress for military construction projects to help pay for a wall on the southern border. U.S. District Judge David Briones of El Paso ruled the administration’s use of an emergency proclamation last February to divert those funds to the border wall is unlawful. The ruling found the administration was within the law in using an additional $2.5 billion intended for drug interdiction efforts for border wall construction.
Report: LANL lost track of 250 barrels containing nuclear waste – KRQE News 13
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Report: LANL lost track of 250 barrels containing nuclear waste – KRQE News 13

A state report is claiming the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost track of 250 barrels filled with nuclear waste. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the contractor who has been in charge of lab operations for the past year. The New Mexico Environment Department listed 19 violations of Triad National Security LLC’s permit. One of which involved the shipment of 250 barrels of predominantly mixed waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad without tracking them. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the mixed waste contains low-level radioactive waste...
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Jersey Citys mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market – Utica Observer Dispatch

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey city said Wednesday it’s “clear” that gunmen targeted a kosher market during a furious shooting that killed six people and raised questions about whether anti-Semitism was involved.

A police officer, three bystanders and two suspects all died in the violence Tuesday afternoon in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from New York City. The 40-year-old slain officer, Detective Joseph Seals, who led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, was cut down by gunfire that erupted…

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Tillis, McCrory lead GOP primary poll – Laurinburg Exchange

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RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory lead the pack in the latest Civitas Institute poll focusing on the Republican primary.

Interestingly, McCrory has yet to file for the governor’s seat, though he hasn’t ruled out running.

Harper Polling, on behalf of the conservative Civitas Institute, surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters from Dec. 2-4. Respondents were reached via phone. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.38%.

Tillis is miles ahead of his primary challenger, Sandy Smith. Eleven percent of respondents said…

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A David Price Trade Is Looking More Likely, With ‘Multiple Teams’ Targeting Him – CBS Boston

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BOSTON (CBS) — A trade of David Price this winter is starting to look like an inevitability. With the Red Sox looking to cut some salary to get under the luxury tax, and with presumably some good years still left in Price’s left arm, the 34-year-old figures to draw some interest in that market.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Price already has.

“The Boston Red Sox continue to pursue ways to shed salary, and multiple teams have targeted starter David Price,” Passan tweeted. “He is owed $96 million over the next three years. Red Sox could either attach player with value or…

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VAPE BAN likely OVER — MARKEY’s fundraiser guest list — Another day, another PRIMARY CHALLENGE – Politico

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MARKEY’S FUNDRAISER GUEST LIST — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be the special guest for a fundraiser for Sen. Ed Markey on Thursday, according to an email invitation obtained by POLITICO.

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In Schumer, Markey’s got the support of a pillar of the Democratic establishment. But keep in mind he’s also got the backing of a progressive bomb-thrower, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York congresswoman whom Markey partnered with on the Green…

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‘Coyote Ugly’ star Piper Perabo joins rally pressing N.J. to restore school aid – NJ.com

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Though 2000’s Coyote Ugly is often cited as actress Piper Perabo’s breakout film, she first stepped into the limelight a decade earlier, leading the marching band at Toms River High School North.

“When I was a freshman in high school, I wasn’t on any teams and I was kind of shy and the assistant principal noticed that I wasn’t joining anything,” said Perabo, 43, who now stars in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

“And so he came up to me in the hallway and he said, ‘Hey I noticed you’re not on any teams or after-school clubs, and we need you out there,’” Perabo,…

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It’s the Year of the Woman – again. And there’s ‘no other option’ for these women running for Congress – USA TODAY

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Many women are adding their names to the ballot in the 2020 election including new fresh faces and those who want another shot.
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Emily Weber was driving to the grocery store on Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, when a man abruptly pulled out in front of her and rolled down his window.

“Go back to where you came from, China doll!” he screamed at Weber. His comment startled her. Then itwoke her up.

“That was my moment of realization — I have to get more involved, right now,” she recalls.

Soon, she found herself…

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Elizabeth Warren Leans Into ‘First Female President’ – The Daily Beast

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Elizabeth Warren has intensified her first female president pitch. 

Down two women rivals and statistically wedged among a trio of men, the Massachusetts senator now finds herself as the Democratic primary’s only female candidate to crack the top tier. And in recent weeks, she has embraced the possibility of becoming the first woman to occupy the White House with new fervor, giving voters a strong verbal and visual contrast to her direct competition: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. 

“It’s the three B’s and Elizabeth,” Deborah Walsh, director of the Center for…

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Drug pricing bill is a sneak peek at Democrats’ 2020 campaign message – STAT

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WASHINGTON — If Democrats are spoiling for a 2020 fight focused on anything besides impeaching President Trump, consider this week’s vote on a massive drug pricing package their opening salvo.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Lower Drug Costs Now” Act, a sweeping bill that pledges to lower consumer drug costs by 50%, includes ideas long touted by progressives in Washington: It would let Medicare directly negotiate the price of at least 50 drugs per year and it would cap U.S. drug payments based on costs in other developed countries.

It is hardly the bipartisan drug pricing…

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Congress reaches deal on paid family leave for federal employees – Michigan Advance

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time.

The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to the military to the 2.1 million civilian members of the federal workforce.

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The United States is one of only two countries in the United Nations with no…

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Swing district Dems weigh impeachment vote – KARE11.com

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MINNEAPOLIS — The impeachment drama unfolding in the nation’s capital will create intense political pressure for lawmakers in swing districts, including Minnesota’s two freshman Democrats, Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips.

“There will be tough decisions for cross-pressure Democrats, who are Democrats who represent districts that could be represented by a member of either party,” Kathryn Pearson, an expert on congressional politics at the University of Minnesota, told KARE.

“Craig and Phillips are likely hearing from partisans on both…

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GOP-Led Panel Eyes Russia, Turkey Sanctions, Countering Trump – Financial Post

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(Bloomberg) — A key Senate committee is pushing ahead with bills to sanction Turkey and Russia, along with a slew of other measures that could tie President Donald Trump’s hands when it comes to diplomacy and cultivating personal relationships with global leaders.

The hearing Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes the day after Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House and the month after he hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington.

Trump has consistently spoken favorably of Russia and Turkey, even as…

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New York Sports Betting Revenue Plunges by 40.9% in November – VegasSlotsOnline

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According to the latest New York State Gaming Commission report, the state’s four commercial sportsbooks generated gross gaming revenue of just $1.3m during November. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

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The four commercial sportsbooks currently operating in the New York market experienced a 40.9% drop in revenue during November.

The sportsbooks generated a total gross gaming revenue of just $1.3m for the month. This was the lowest monthly revenue period since sports betting was rolled out in the state back in July.

Since sports betting kicked off in New York on July 16, there…

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Andy King’s lawsuit tossed — Council mandates bird-friendly buildings — Exxon wins climate change case – Politico

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New York City Council Member Andy King has been howling about injustice since the Council disciplined him for his abuses of power, but a state judge says he’s got nothing to complain about, dismissing his lawsuit against the city Tuesday.

King was suspended for 30 days — a suspension he did not take particularly seriously — and fined $15,000 — a fine he has not paid — after investigators found he had abused his staff, misused city resources, and retaliated against people who cooperated in a…

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Housekeeper sentenced for taking $35,000 ring at historic Virginia Beach hotel – USA TODAY

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Sessions’ campaign release new poll – alreporter.com

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A new poll commissioned by Jeff Sessions’ campaign shows the former U.S. Senator with a commanding lead over his Republican rivals heading into the March 3, 2020 primary.

However sunny the survey looks for Sessions, it may be more window dressings designed to woo donors and discourage his competitors’ supporters than an accurate picture of the political landscape according to campaign strategists and outside polling data.

“In a December 3-5 survey of 700 likely Republican voters, 44 percent of the voters said that they planned to vote for Sessions, with his closest rival coming in…

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Woman searches for owners of items left after Kokomo tornado – WRTV Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS — When tornadoes ripped through Kokomo in 2016, they not only ripped apart lives but their homes as well. Left behind in the rubble were several priceless possessions that an Indianapolis woman is trying to return to their rightful owner.

When Crystal Bray answered the call to help her friends gather what they could from their devastated apartment complex, she drove to Kokomo, and while there quickly started helping as many evacuating residents as they could.

“It was kind of a mad rush because people where getting hurt in the building because it was so unstable,” Bray said….

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“The airwaves will never be the same”: Tributes paid to radio presenter Malcolm Taylor in emotional memorial service – The National

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Mourners at a memorial service for popular radio presenter Malcolm Taylor heard how “the airwaves will never be the same again”.

Scores of well-wishers joined friends, family and colleagues to pay tribute to Taylor, host of Dubai Eye’s Business Breakfast, at a service in the Holy Trinity Church in Oud Metha on Wednesday morning.

The broadcaster was a mainstay of the region’s airwaves since moving to Dubai in 1998, where he built a loyal and devoted following. He died last week, at the age of 66, after a heart attack.

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Tavern shut down by city; plus, a mansion for $50,000? Maybe (Good Morning CNY for Dec. 11) – syracuse.com

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Syracuse basketball sets on-campus attendance record

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Syracuse breaks the on campus attendance record with 35,642 fans watching the Orange take on Duke at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, Saturday February 23, 2019. Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com

WHAT MAKES SYRACUSE GREAT? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of syracuse.com, we’re exploring what makes Syracuse great, and we’ve come up with 25 things that fit the bill —…

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Changes coming to city of Edmond recycling program – Oklahoman.com

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EDMOND — Beginning Jan. 1, the city of Edmond’s recycling contractor, Republic Services, will be making changes to the list of acceptable recycling items.

Glass and plastics marked No. 3 through No. 7 no longer will be allowed in recycling bins.

The changes are being made by Republic in response to shifts in the recycling industry the past two years. At this point, the carbon footprint to collect, transport and recycle glass now exceeds the benefit of recycling it, so it is no longer environmentally responsible to recycle glass, a news release stated. For plastics No….

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Opinion: Republicans can’t avoid backing Trump in impeachment – Los Angeles Times

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Democrats seem bewildered by Republicans’ inability to see President Trump as deserving impeachment. But it’s not all that mysterious.

Republicans understandably don’t want to commit political suicide, either for themselves or for their party. Nearly all political observers acknowledge that a Republican who votes for impeachment would be inviting a primary challenge from a candidate who will defend Trump 100%. The latest polls show 94% of Republicans support the president and are against impeachment. It is also likely that Trump would campaign for any challenger who takes on a…

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NC Republicans hold Hall of Fame awards – North State Journal

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at the North Raleigh Hilton.

The NC GOP’s Hall of Fame started in 1982 and became a biennial event beginning in 1985.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13) and Congressman Mark Walker (NC-6), were in attendance as special guests, along with Tommy Hicks, co-chairman of the RNC, and Dr. Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Awards given out at the event included the Charles R. Jonas Award, which honors commitment to the party through an elected position, and…

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Marion City Council considers new fire tax for spring ballot – Marion Star

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MARION — The Marion City Fire Department wants to put a 2.75-mill levy on the March ballot, but some Marion City Council members skeptical it would pass say it should be tweaked.

The levy proposal went before the Marion City Council for the first time Monday. After an hour-long discussion, council voted to hold a meeting on Dec. 16 to discuss the…

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Sprint Stock’s Performance Features Softbank’s Son Wearing the Dunce Cap – Investorplace.com

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Every year, a once-proclaimed genius winds up wearing a dunce cap.

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In 2017 it was Jeff Immelt of General Electric (NYSE:GE). His resignation revealed a host of mistakes that took GE out of the Dow 30 after 130 years.

In 2018 it was Brian Krzanich of Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) bounced after an affair, but then also revealed to have been a great destroyer of shareholder value.

In 2019 the award must go to Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank Group (OTCMKTS:SFTBY) and head of the $100 billion Vision Fund, investor in Slack (NASDAQ:WORK), Uber Technologies (NASDAQ:

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Crookston School Board gives Superintendent go-ahead to continue exploring options for old bus garage buildings – Redwood Falls Gazette

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Superintendent and Transportation Director will meet with ICON architects about new bus garage specs, too

    The next steps for both the new bus garage, scheduled to be constructed near Highland Elementary School in 2020, and plans for the old bus garage were discussed at this week’s Crookston School Board meeting. Superintendent Jeremy Olson explained he’s looking into options for the current bus garage’s three…

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Statewide e-bike, e-scooter legislation in limbo as deadline looms – SILive.com

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An e-bike and e-scooter bill approved earlier this year by the state legislature remains in limbo, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yet to sign the legislation as the Dec. 31 deadline looms.

In June, state lawmakers passed a bill to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters throughout the state of New York, eliminating state-level restrictions and granting local municipalities the right to ban them if they deem fit.

However, Cuomo has yet to sign the legislation into law, citing safety concerns upon the initial passing of the bill, telling reporters in Albany that numerous advocates had…

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Oswego Village Board Approves Cannabis Commercial Zoning – Oswego, IL Patch

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OSWEGO, IL — In a move sure to delight many and disappoint at least a few, the Oswego Village Board voted to approve the village for commercial zoning of cannabis businesses at its Dec. 10 meeting. In layman’s terms, this means weed dispensaries will be welcome in Oswego from 2020 onward. As part of the state-wide legalization of recreational marijuana use that will become effective New Year’s Day 2020, private possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana cannot be prohibited anywhere in Illinois. However, another part of the law also allows local municipalities to ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’…

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As Christianity grows in Africa, anti-Christian persecution rises – Crux: Covering all things Catholic

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YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – According to a new Pew Research Center report, there are already more Christians in Africa than any other continent. By 2060, six of the top ten countries with the largest Christian populations will be in Africa, up from three in 2015.

But as Christianity grows in Africa, so does the persecution of Christians.

“Christians are increasingly seen as a threat to Muslim-dominated lands and governments,” said Dede Laugesen, the executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians, a U.S. charity.

“Mass territories of uninhabited, ungoverned regions provide easy cover…

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Bipartisan Majorities of New Hampshire Voters Urge Presidential Candidates to Address Mental Health and Addiction – BioSpace

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — New polling released today by the National Council for Behavioral Health shows strong bipartisan agreement among registered voters in New Hampshire that the federal government is not doing enough to address mental health (84% of Democrats and 72% of Republicans) and addiction (77% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans) in America.


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The National Council released the new polling in advance of the Unite for Mental Health: New Hampshire Town Hall, a public forum for 2020 presidential candidates to discuss mental health and…

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2 N.J. Catholic schools to close due to declining enrollment – NJ.com

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A pair of Catholic schools in Burlington County will close at the end of the school year due to declining enrollment and financial challenges, the Diocese of Trenton said.

Students and faculty from the kindergarten through 8th grade schools – Pope John Paul II Regional School in Willingboro and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Maple Shade – were officially informed of the news in meetings Tuesday, the diocese said.

Pope John Paul II Regional School opened in 2006 when Catholic schools in Burlington County were restructured. Enrollment has dipped to 113 students – far below the 220 needed…

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Luzerne County Council Approves 2020 Budget with Real Estate Tax Hike – WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Property owners in Luzerne County will soon see a tax hike for the first time in years.

Tuesday night’s budget meeting was a long one, lasting late into the night.

In the end, the Luzerne County Council approved a budget for next year,  and it calls for a real estate tax hike of 3.25%.

What does that mean? It means the average property owner in the county will pay $20 more per year. That’s about $1.75 per month.

The original proposal called for a 5% hike, but some council members…

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Vulnerable House Democrats Remain Hesitant to Back Articles of Impeachment – Newsweek
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Vulnerable House Democrats Remain Hesitant to Back Articles of Impeachment – Newsweek

Moderate Democrats who hail from swing districts are exercising extreme caution when it comes to showing support for the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump unveiled Tuesday by the House. Asked whether they plan to support the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles, which allege Trump "betrayed the nation" in "corruptly soliciting" election aid from Ukraine and engaged in "unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance" of Congress, several Democrats opted to reserve judgement until they've more thoroughly reviewed the text and given thought to the matter. "The seriousness of the decision for me—it's probably the most serious consideration I'll give anything that I've considered my one year in Congress," said Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former CIA analyst. "I'm not going to be pushed one way or another. I have lots of people lobbying me, but I'm going to do what I was trained to do as national security professional and as an intelligence officer, which is make my own decision based on what I think is right."
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House passes Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act – Augusta Free Press

The House of Representatives passed on Tuesday the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729). This bipartisan bill contains an amendment from Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria advancing the coastal resiliency of military communities. “Rising sea levels and recurrent flooding present immense challenges to communities throughout Hampton Roads as well as our nation’s military readiness,” Congresswoman Luria said. “My amendment improves H.R. 729 to better position military communities in Coastal Virginia.” H.R. 729 would establish a grant program directing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to award grants to state and local governments to implement living shoreline projects. These projects restore and stabilize shorelines, including marshes, wetlands, and other parts of the shoreline ecosystem by using materials such as plants and oyster shells.
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Oklahoma City residents vote in favor of MAPS 4 – KOCO Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City residents voted in favor of the MAPS 4 proposal Tuesday, approving a plan that would raise over $978 million over the next eight years for various city projects. "OKC voters approved the sales tax fund #MAPS4 in Tuesday's special election, moving forward with a unique and ambitious plan to transform our community," city officials tweeted.
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Jones’ military widows’ tax repeal included in final defense bill – alreporter.com

U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act in the final annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks a significant step in the 18-year effort to pass legislation to repeal the law that penalizes our nation’s Gold Star families by preventing them from receiving the full survivor benefits for which they have earned and paid for.
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Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows – The Hill

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a wide lead in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Alabama, according to an internal poll commissioned by Sessions’ campaign. The survey, conducted from Dec. 3-5 by the Republican firm On Message Inc., shows Sessions notching 44 percent support among likely Republican primary voters in Alabama.
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Denver professor joins Democrats vying for Cory Gardner’s Senate seat – The Denver Post

A University of Denver professor with a background in international relations and homeland security has joined the crowd of Colorado Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. David Goldfischer of Denver filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for the seat Monday. He teaches at the university’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and was the founding director of the programs in International and Homeland Security.
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Trade tensions worry California farmers – WGNO New Orleans

.....Congressman Josh Harder, D-Calif., says it’s the tariffs themselves hurting farmers most. “Do they really want to reconcile with our trading partners, or do they want to continue to inflict needless pain on our families and farmers?” Rep. Harder said. Rep. Harder represents farming districts in California’s Central Valley. He says tariffs reduce access to international markets and that hurts farmers. “They’re on the front lines,” he explains. “We have to be able to sell our crops across the world.” Congressman Ami Bera, D-Calif., shared Rep. Harder’s concern and he thinks the new tariffs are really about the U.S. relationship with China. “He ought to work with Congress on this so we’re not blindsided,” Rep. Bera said. “If he’s concerned about the Chinese buying soybeans and other products from other parts of the world, not the United States, he ought to go back and think about some of the actions he took.
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Housekeeper sentenced for stealing ring at historic hotel – CBS19 News

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A former housekeeper at a hotel in Virginia Beach has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing a guest’s $35,000 diamond ring.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Chrystal Monique Gregory pleaded guilty to grand larceny in August.

She used an employee key to break into an Ohio couple’s suite at The Cavalier hotel and take a 2¼-carat diamond engagement ring.

An appraiser said the ring featured a platinum and gold band and diamonds encrusted along the…

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